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Labor Day Weekend in the Black Hills

By • Sep 1st, 2011 • Category: Outdoor Adventure

Trail in the Black Hills

One of my favorite weekends of the year is almost here – Labor Day. It’s the perfect excuse to get outside and enjoy some of the last days of summer. And I can’t think of a better place to do just that than the Black Hills.

Here’s a list of a couple of ways I wouldn’t mind spending my time.

Hiking in and pitching the tent somewhere in the Black Elk Wilderness or Custer State Park outside of Custer, SD, is always high on my list. I love star-gazing before climbing into my cozy little tent for the night. And if I’m in Custer State Park, a drive on the Wildlife Loop can’t be missed. The size and strength of the buffalo never ceases to amaze me.

I’m pretty sure the weather is going to be nice enough for swimming. The sandy beach at Angostura State Recreation Area outside of Hot Springs, SD, is calling my name. I’ve never been to the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in that area and would like to see the horses grazing in the golden-tipped grass.

I’ll also have to Visit Spearfish, SD, to cheer for my friend who is riding in the Dakota Five-O bike race. Maybe, just maybe, someday over Labor Day I’ll labor my way through that ride on my bike…but not just yet.

And lastly, enjoying a cold drink in downtown Deadwood and shopping Rapid City also sound nice. From the looks of my list, I don’t think I’ll have to worry about being bored this weekend!

Have a great Labor Day weekend everyone!

About the Author

is is a native of Montana. She grew up a on a cattle ranch in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. She attended the University of Montana, spent a semester abroad in Wales and graduated with degrees in photojournalism and art history. Mountains and the West are very important to her. She has traveled worldwide but knows her home is in the American West. She attributes this to her parents spoiling her by letting her grow up horseback riding, back country camping and travel throughout the West. She still enjoys all of these spoils, and loves being able to walk out of her office or house door and go on a hike in the Black Hills without even having to drive to the trailhead.
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